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spirit when we're talking about what happened in mexico, the 43 students disappeared, we bring you the investigative reporting done by ryan in the intercept. we urge you to call in right now. when we cover health care we are not brought to you by the insured's industry or big pharma, we are brought to you by viewers like you hurt deeply committed to independent media. in this special, we want to bring you a new documentary called "the connection," and we are making it available to you for a contribution of $120. call in, even as we bring this to you, and we can bring more of it to you. 866-359-4334 is the number to call. and new article on the medical journal has shown mindfulness-based therapy may be as effective as drugs for people recovering from depression. researchers found relapse rates were about the same among people who take antidepressants than those who practice medication
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and other forms of mindfulness. we are going to turn now to this groundbreaking new film that deals with the importance of the mind when it comes to health. it is called "the connection: mind your body." it shows how frontier research is showing crucial connections between your mind and your body. it features scientists and researchers, writers and doctors, and remarkable true stories of people using mind -body medicine to heal from severe back pain, heart disease infertility, cancer, and even multiple sclerosis. we are to go to an interview with the filmmaker in a moment. but first, we are going to begin with an extended excerpt of the film, of the connection. it starts with the filmmaker and narrator shannon harvey. shannon harvey: we are in the midst of a chronic illness epidemic. sicknesses like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes are
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sweeping the world. there is a one in two chance he will end up with a chronic illness. it is likely you know someone or you are someone who is sick. diseases our grandparents have never heard of are becoming common. mental illness, autoimmune disease, metabolic syndrome -- these are modern sicknesses. they are not infectious, but they are spreading fast. >> i think we're seeing a stress epidemic in our society for a decade now, and it seems to be accelerating as the pace of modern life is increasing. >> there is the ancient wisdom traditions that mind and body are interconnected. some are along the line, we created a dichotomy that is different. >> we came to believe that
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everything could be cured by drugs and surgeries. whereas to this day, they cannot. >> we talk about much of mind half and body anomic, we talk about the nonphysical mind. >> and we now understand these concepts that were rejected by academic medicine. >> so this is something that actually has enormous implications. >> modern science has shown us that the mind has the power to heal. we should use that capacity.
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>> i was 24 when i got my first break in journalism. my life became focused on deadlines and chasing stories that took me away from my family and friends. then everything changed. i was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease. one doctor warned i could end up in a wheelchair or with organ failure. over the next six years, i spent $30,000 on numerous specialist doctors, constant tests drugs and alternative therapies. i was riddled with arthritis. no one could tell me why my immune system was attacking my own body. but there was one thing i did know -- the more i was stressed the worse i felt. i knew there had to be a connection. on my journey to getting better, i traveled the world to find answers, meeting some of the leading experts at the frontier of science am a and tracking
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down people with remarkable stories of recovery. this is a film i wanted to see when i got sick. >> in the older days, there was no separation of mind and body. in fact, throughout the world many cultures have never separated them. in the east, for example. but our scientific approaches were so awesome that they overwhelmed any mind-body approaches, any mind-body potentials. >> and western science, unless you see it, it is not real. and less you can measure it, it is not real. that is what allowed the huge advances in modern medicine and science, the ability to do these things these things we can do
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with years today. and we now understand these concepts that were rejected by academic medicine because we do not understand them. we understand them now in which of science. and now where we are at is we can take the principles and apply them to clinical care, to the next phase, the next new frontier, which is integrated medicine. >> the body has a way of responding to whatever the mind tells it to do p a when the mind is tens, the body is 10 spirit when the mind is happy, the body is happy. the body responds not just in ways in terms of physical tensions, tensions of the muscles, but it goes to the core of ourselves, our dna. >> in the last five to 10 years we have looked at understanding that it really is a two-way connection. there are a lot of molecules in the body and we are recognizing that they also play roles in the brain.
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in the brain can also influence the body in a billiard -- in a very cellular level. >> the approach is the same idea, that they might does not separate from the body. in fact, my belief is the only way to separate mind and body is verbally here there are two aspects of the same underlying reality. shannon: here is what we know about the mind-body connection. you may need similar with the idea that your brain is like a central message center, sending and receiving electrical and chemical signals all over your body. now scientists are starting to understand that the communication between your brain and body is far more significant than they once realized. for example, over 60 neurotransmitter and hormonal receptors have been found on the surface of immune cells designed for fighting disease.
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your brain has a direct connection to your bodies first line of defense and those cells can talk back. in another major breakthrough scientists have discovered around 80 million neurons in your gut. they're calling it the second brain, because while it talks to the brain, it can also act completely independently and influence behavior. so rather than there being a mind in your head, it is more like your mind is all through your body. the easiest way to understand how your mind affects your health is by looking at stress. >> if we think that we imagine ourselves walking through a jungle and there is a very hungry tiger, there is a fight or flight response. we have to get out of danger very fast. if we think about this stress or fight or flight response, and activation response, like a charge of energy, the body going
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into a different gear the heart rate, blood pressure blood vessels, and mussels open up to get all of this extra fuel. sugars and fats are pumping into the bloodstream. we sweat to keep ourselves cool. our blood gets taking and pumps inflammatory chemicals. there is tissue repair. the attention center in the brain lights up like a christmas tree. this is a major physiological, neurological immunological metabolic change in our immune system, and it is designed to help us. it is the kind of thing that is there to save our lives and make us safe. 99% of the targets we are running from are the ones actually in our minds, not the ones that are really there. there is an effect that is affiliate logic -- physiological effect it and it is like your
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car braking and there are repair bills from the mechanic or the repair bills will go up. it is like that with our bodies. >> my name is craig duncan. i'm from sydney, australia. i am a non-smoker, nondrinker and active person and at this as most days of the week and have for a very long time. i am a vegetarian, as well. i was working for professional soccer team, in charge of the sports science. i was under enormous stress and had been for a long time. a lot of it self-imposed, just rushing around at a million miles per hour.
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i was frustrated and unhappy in what i was doing, and that was difficult. i was struggling to sleep or sleep well. and even though it might be healthy on the outside exercising and all that, it all became too much. i was at the gym and i was lifting weights. at the time, i did not know anything had really gone am iss. it was not until that afternoon that i went for a run and got chest pain. again, did not think too much of it. but in the next couple of days, i continued to try and run in the chest pain got more and more. pain down my are and -- down my arm and in my jaw. i had a heart attack.
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that is when i realized i had a real problem. when i went into emergency, even though the emergency ward was packed, they took me straight in here they did some tests and it was obvious that i had had a heart attack. i had a spontaneous coronary artery dissection. when i looked at the literature there had only been 150 cases reported and most people die. that is frightening. i had no risk factors in my cholesterol was normal. blood pressure was normal. i recently had an epg that was ok p never had chest pain. do not have family history of heart disease. that yeah, i was under a lot of stress. i think that contributed. there is no doubt about that. if i let my stress and emotions get out of control and am not in control of my life, there is no doubt it could happen again. and i really -- i am not ready
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to not be here. >> if you help a person to manage stress better, then you are significantly reducing the risk of a person having further cardiac events and the progression of heart disease. these are all reversible effects. yes, you have to learn how to recognize the response and then to switch it off. and then these effects will start to reverse themselves alter the body and interestingly, in the brain, as well. >> i think the major breakthrough was recognizing that the body has a capacity opposite to the stress response. that is what we called the relaxation response. we did an experiment in which we took people who meditated, and we found there were dramatic
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physiological changes. and the essence of those changes are a decreased metabolism in the body, a quieting of the body, with a decreased heart rate, decreased rate of breathing, slower brain waves. so here was a reaction exactly opposite to this stress response . this now was science. here was something measurable, predictable, and reproducsable. >> if you do not have your mind in some sort of balance, it does not matter how healthy your body is. i really had to use breathing techniques and different forms of meditation to help me to just stay calm. that is it. but i suppose the other item
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that has helped me to stay healthy and decrease the stress, i have to pray regularly. praying for me, it is what brings calmness. it centers me. >> the two basic features of evoking relaxation response are repetition and the disregard of other thoughts when they come to mind. what those two things do is break the trade of every day thinking. and everyday thinking is what is stressful. it is not a real sabertooth tiger in front of you. it is your fear of losing your job, your fear of illness, or what have you. then we return to the literatures of the world to see whether these two steps that are breaking the trend of everyday thinking has been described
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before. and every single culture of humankind that had a history had these two steps. there is a commonality. so if a person argues -- my technique, my religion is better for bringing this fourth van another, -- bringing this fort anotherh than, it is full of. it is a human response. just as there are scores of techniques that are stressful same fight or flight response, so there are scores of approaches that evoke the relaxation response. amy: that is dr. herbert benson, professor at harvard medical school speaking in the documentary "the connection: mind your body." do not worry we're going back to it. we urge you to call right now.
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i want to bring you as much as we possibly can of this documentary. and you can get a copy for yourself. it is well over one hour. it is done by a young journalist who herself was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in her 20's and thought, how can this be? so she went on a journey around the world are g did not want to just do it for herself. what about other people who take ill, and what are the ways to heal ourselves or work with professionals? we urge you to call 866-359-4334 . 866-359-4334. if you like to get "the connection come to the documentary is yours for $120 contribution. we urge you to call right now. we ask you to stand up for independent media. your call makes it possible. shannon harvey is the director of this film, the person who took the journey. we spoke to her in australia. it was past midnight when we reached her. i want to bring some of that to you, as well as the documentary
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holidays birthdays graduations. no greater gift than the gift of health to you cannot give the gift of health, but we you can do is give someone the tools to achieve their own health. we urge you to go to the phone right now. you just heard dr. herbert benson, and boston globe described him as a medical rockstar after he wrote his best-selling book "the relaxation response." it outlines his research and approach to counter the harmful effects stress has on the body it we urge you to call it he has written like 11 books since then. he is featured in this document or, as is andrew weil, the incredible arizona healer. you know, regular doctor but not so regular. complement three medicine, natural medicine. united states can deal with emergency medicine is so well some of the best in the world when it comes to chronic illnesses that so many suffer from. well, we do not do so well. this highlights different approaches. i want to go back to the
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was obvious i had a heart attack. >> there is a stress epidemic in our society. it is accelerating as the pace of modern life is increasing. >> i would say that nowadays people fall into the chasms of the health-care system. >> i cannot walk without falling over in pain. >> i went to a fertility specialist. >> we came to believe that everything could be cured hydrides and surgeries. >> i think i got sick because everything in my life was really out of balance. >> there are traditions that mind and body were interconnected, but somewhere along the line, we created a dichotomy that was different. >> there is no doubt that the mind of the body are connected and windows connections are broken, you have disease. >> i cannot tell you how many patients have said things like having a heart attack was the best thing that ever happened to me.
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or being tightness with prostate cancer could you want to go, what, are you nuts? no that brought this to the attention that i needed to make changes in my life. >> there was that in her capacity for healing. >> medical research had so many clues. >> i did not believe it. there were powerful findings, so we replicated it. >> healing is something measurable, predictable, and reproducable. >> it is a very powerful effect that contributes about 30% to 50% of any biological effect. the brain can also influence the body even at a cellular level. >> if you had a pill that did that, every patient in the country would take it. >> you can live longer. >> we have to integrate it. >> we have much more to say.
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>> after 1015 years -- 10 or 15 years. >> modern science has shown us that the mind has the power to heal. we should use that capacity. amy: the mind has the power, we should use that capacity. that is the harvard medical school professor, dr., author, george benson. we urge you to call right now -- herbert benson we ask you to stand a for independent media. the number to call is 866-359-4334. 866-359-4334. i want to use this whole hour to bring you the documentary and our interview with shannon harvey. i do not know if it is possible because we have to ensure the health of link tv and democracy now!
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in louisiana, new york, new jersey connecticut or new hampshire, we are asking you to make the call. ohio, we need your support. 866-359-4334 get "the connection." get this amazing film by shannon harvey. we are to go back to the film and an excerpt of our interview with shannon. if you call in now, 866-359-4334 -- we cannot do this without you. only together. you know, one of the people featured in this film is john cap it's in, some law of -- john cabotson. he is amazing as a writer and person who works in teaching stressed-out sick people how to meditate. he does it in boston. he runs a mindfulness-based stress reduction center which he first developed in 1979. he said the deep structure of these practices -- they have been around for thousands and thousands of years. they have had value for a very longtime.
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that is why they have survived. this is what shannon brings out in this film, talking with remarkable practitioners around the world. 866-359-4334. we're going to go to the interview with shannon per first, this next excerpt of the film with the head of emergency medicine and a major australian hospital where one day, while doing rounds, he felt a strange sensation in his feet. in a matter of days, he was numb and found lesions on his brain and learned he had ms or the stocks about how he was able to recover from the disease. his story is introduced by the film maker and narrator shannon harvey. shannon: despite the overwhelming evidence that your mind plays a major role in both determining your sickness and wellness, it remains a major inquiry to explore the role of genetics. stretches of dna sit in almost every ce in your bodyll.
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they contain instructions for producing proteins that run every bodily function and we inherit half hour dna from each of our parents. if your parents, grandparents or other relatives have an illness, you have a greater risk of getting sick, too. >> i am george chelinek, a medical doctor who is in academic medicine and emergency medicine specialties. i was diagnosed with ms, so ms is multiple sclerosis, which means you have multiple lesions or little areas of damage through your nervous system. generally, it is thought to be an autoimmune disease, so the immune system essentially attacks your own nervous system. it deteriorated quite quickly
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within five years of diagnosis she could no longer walk. i remember her then coming to my medical school regulation in a wheelchair and having to be sort of lifted up the ramp to get inside to see me graduate from medicine. i had done three years of residency as a doctor and i thought i would just take off into the world. i thought i would go for a few years. in fact, it was at my going away party that i learned my mother had been found dead. she was intent on finishing her life perfectly rationally and reasonably, because of what her life had become. so she took an overdose and was found in the morning. there is a very strong genetic disposition to ms, so if you
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have a first-degree relative who had ms like my mother, then you chances are about 20 to 40 times the average chance of the rest of the population. it was 1999, 18 years later when i was 45, that her first developed symptoms of ms. >> we used to think that the genes you were born with or what you are with, and that is it. that is set in stone. it turns out that is not the case good you are born with the genes. they will not change, but the way they are expressed is very profoundly affected by the experiences that you go through. >> so often you hear people say, oh, i just have bad genes. what can i do? actually, you can do a lot. >> for the last 36 years, i have done research studies showing what a powerful evidence changes in diet and lifestyle can make in preventing disease and treating and often reversing it.
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for the first time, we show that we could reverse the progression of early-stage prostate cancer even. we look at some of the mechanisms to help explain that. we found that over 500 genes changed in over three monster turning on divisions that present these conditions and turning off the genes that promote prostate cancer in men breast cancer in women colon cancer, and so on, these findings are giving people hope and choices they do not have before. >> the install that genes are fixed and unchangeable has been shaken to the core. scientists are now know that your genes can be switched on and switched off. and now, for the most part every cell in your body contains exactly the same genes and that will not change. being exposed to external forces can flip the switch one way or another. by studying genetics researchers all know that gene
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expression can be part to the next generation. the great just the way your great-grandmother lived could be affecting your health. and here a different line of science, there are major implications for mind-body medicine. recently, research on the relaxation response was taken to a whole new level. scientists at the benson henry institute for mind-body medicine looked at the genetic expression of people who meditated, and the results revealed that meditation can flip the switch on genes affecting disease. >> even more from my point of view, what is even more remarkable than that, because the first time you evo the relaxation response, these genomic expression changes occur. what happens, the more times you do it daily, the more intense is
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the response, the more anchored it is. but it happens the very first time and you go through these instructions. >> just incredible. absolutely remarkable. what you are saying is within minutes of doing a technique that evokes the relaxation response, we can change the way our genes are expressed. >> yes. there is a very important point here namely, the more you do it, the more intense the response. that means the daily practice of these techniques is vital. sure, you can get a benefit, but you get so much more benefit if you do it on a daily basis. >> to be diagnosed with ms was
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just an enormous blow. i mean, it is impossible to adequately convey how life-changing that is at a stage when you have got a very young family and you had just been appointed to a really important new job and things seemed apparently to be going very well in your life. it is like an enormous hand reaches and takes your life away from you in an instant, just gone. i started thinking why have i gotten sick? why did i get sick right now? what is this illness doing for me? what does it mean in the context of my life? so i had a path suddenly to explore. i am no stranger to medical research, so it was relatively easy for me to see what had been written about this illness before. really, the literature had so
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many clues about what causes ms and what makes it worse. it was not that difficult to put that together. i think i got sick, in hindsight , because everything in my life was really out of whack. it was really out of balance paired with the inspiration that led me to be well and keeps me well. for a long time, i would not use the word recovery, because i thought that does not even get discussed in medical circles, that it is possible to recover from ms here it at thought it was really sticking my neck out to say i would recover. but what i have seen from my personal experience now, i think it is reasonable to start a conversation about recovery from ms. why not? it is just another chronic illness, like many others you see. why couldn't you recover from that?
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if you looked at my life now, it is unrecognizable from my previous life. i live a pretty healthy lifestyle, so i exercise every day of the week. and i walked to work and back. i have a healthy diet. i eat a lot of fish and take supplements, vitamin d. i am perfectly happy to meditate with my colleagues at work. interestingly enough, the whole organization of the hospital is starting to embrace meditation. when things go wrong, i seek counseling. i keep my diary. i have got some really good friends i can sit and talk to and a really close family who really understands that it is a lot easier for me to stay emotionally healthy now than in the past.
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if you look to the kind of cards i was dealt, i think the average person would have said that that is a recipe for a disastrous life. and i do not remotely feel i am living the kind of prescription that was delivered. it is real hope that you can end up perfectly well after 10 or 15 years with this illness. amy: that is a george jelinek speaking in the remarkable film "the connection: mind your body." we're joined by the filmmaker in sydney, australia -- shannon harvey. what is it about george jelinek 's story that so gelled with what you are doing? how did he affect you as you were going on this personal journey to educate so any others about autoimmune illness and how
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the mind is connected to the body? shannon on a thing for me -- shannon: for me as a journalist, it was the level of integrity that george jelinek brings to this debate are to give you an idea of where he sits in medical circles, he is one of the most respected in emergency professors in australia. he has written several and contributed to several textbooks used by medical students and has been nominated for the australian of the year award. he has been given extremely high accolades and his professional work. but here he was telling me that the mind was a key component to an illness that he had not only seen his own mother suffer from but that he had himself been diagnosed with and recovered from. the other incredible thing about this story of george jelinek is that he is now gone on to repeat
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this in a number of other people. he runs programs through his organization overcoming multiple sclerosis and he has written a book recounting stories of other people who have programmed to recover from an illness from which conventional medicine has no cure. amy: explain how he did it. shannon: it is a conflict explanation. the mind he talks about is a key component, so meditation through seeking emotional stability in relationships, through things like writing in a diary, where a lot of the research being done shows even just the power of writing down emotions in a diary can actually change your immune response. he did all of that, as well as a very rigorous diet associated with his program.
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it is a plant-based whole foods diet that is essentially very high in fish. amy: and what other stories in "the connection" most moved you, shannon? shannon: one of the most compelling stories is that of dr. craig duncan, who was a case study i chose to use for heart disease. his story is very compelling, because he is a textbook example of somebody who is in peak physical health, yet he had a heart attack and nearly died. he is an elite athlete sports trainer, responsible for the health and well-being of some of our star football players. he was training these players and he was as fit as those
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players. he had recently had an ecg on his heart and given the all clear from the doctors. yet, he nearly dropped dead from a coronary artery dissection here at was going on in his life at that time was that he was extremely stressed. it was the height of football season in australia and the team he was working for was not doing well. he's a very responsible for the well-being of the players. he took on that stress. it very nearly killed him. i think his case study is absolutely compelling to me because it shows that you can do everything else right in your life. you can exercise well, eat well but if the mind is not factored into your overall wellness approach from you can still end up sick. amy: so you also do -- you also
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turned to john cabot zen, famous for his work as a scientist, as a writer and works in teaching stressed out sick people how to meditate. why did you turn to john c kabat-zinn. shannon: jon kabat-zinn was also a scientist. he really wanted to understand whether or not science could be applied to medication -- to meditation to see if there were health benefits. one of his early studies which is included in the film showed that people with psoriasis that were undergoing ultraviolet light therapy, who meditated at the same time, healed four times faster than the people who did not meditate. it is an amazing example of the
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mind half an -- might have a body connection when it comes to health. he got people thinking. the studies kick started a widespread interest. he is now obviously gone on to train thousands of other people in meditation and has had an incredible impact on many people. amy: you have been watching shannon harvey. shannon harvey is the young filmmaker who was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease in her mid-20's and decided to go on a world journey to find health. she wanted to deal with the stresses of life, and she came up with this amazing film. it is called "the connection: mind your body," and it is yours for $120. people have been calling in from all over the country. we thank you for that. we only have a view minutes to ask for your support and offer this. i will talk about some of the other people in features appeared we were just talking about jon kabat-zinn, who runs
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the mindfulness-based stress reduction program in massachusetts. he is a professor of medicine emeritus at the university of massachusetts. dr. jon kabat-zinn, son-in-law of howard zinn, the great historian. the number to call is 866-359-4334. we have raised nearly $2000. we would like to double that right now. so many people are calling in, it is hard to keep appeared barbara has called in from burlison, texas. we had a call from renton washington. cyrus called from seattle washington could we got an anonymous to jupiter from bloomingdale, michigan. dennis from san rafael, california. barbara from fortune a california. it goes on from there. can we hear from oregon? we urge you to call. that number is right on your screen.
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866-359-4334. make the call that makes a difference. in these last few minutes, make sure you are among those that get "the connection." mind your body -- this incredible film not only features jon kabat-zinn but herbert benson, considered a rock star of medicine, and he is at harvard medical school and he wrote the book many books, but among them, "the relaxation response," which blew people away. he has written 11 votes since then, selling 5 million copies worldwide, breakthrough research in the meditation techniques of transcendental meditators over 30 years. there may be someone in your life -- it might be you -- whose as hogwash, they cannot work. really? think again. fascinating to talk about meditation being like freire. -- being like prayer.
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maybe prayer is not just what you think it is, thinking of an external god or goddess, but something within, finding that quiet space, striving for that quiet space, the peace inside that can emanate outward. we urge you to call 866-359-4334 . get a copy of this film, "the connection: mind your body," by shannon harvey and you can get it here if you call in right now. dean ornich is interviewed in the film. andrew weil, the great doctor from arizona. these are people who are being accepted in medical establishment -- why?
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deals very well with emergency catastrophes. when it comes to chronic disease, and there is a one in two chance you will end up with a chronic illness, how will you deal? it is likely someone you know or you yourself may e-cig at some point or maybe you are now. do we just give in? or do we learn other ways of being? marbury from ohio, thank you for calling in. that is the third barbara that has called in from three states. barbara and burlison, texas, east liverpool. we urge you to call. barbara called in from fortuna california. can we hear from a bill from washington, d.c., or from delaware? i took the train from washington to baltimore, from wilmington to philadelphia, of tutoring, -- trenton ,newark, to new york yesterday. i love train speared a great place to meditate, to be quiet to look at the scenery outside and to probe the dpthsepths of your soul and quite a piece. ok, folks, we're almost at $2000. if one person calls in for dinner and a show, we will double to $4000 but you come to the set of democracy now!, watch the broadcast, sit in the set, bring whoever you want to bring, partner, mother, father, daughter, you sit there and watch the broadcast, you drink it in with fair trade organic coffee or tea, may be a little granola, homemaker thank you very much to our friendly acre in taranto, colorado. i was having some of that granola. these are great little bowls. speaking of mugs, you can get a mug for a contribution of $100 or two mugs.
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it has a microphone that dissolves into doves, and it says democracy now! two mugs in our own brand of coffee. the coffee is a $75. the two and coffee, $200. it is a democracy now! travel mug and keeps your coffee hot, your water cold. it is fantastic. it is brand-new. it has the democracy now! look up your uris for $150 contribution. if you live in cleveland overland, michelle obama will be giving the graduation address at overland this year. we urge you to call in and let us know that democracy now! matters to columbus, ohio. indiana or illinois or iowa or idaho -- we cannot do this work without you. we want you included. you make link tv happened to your seeing the hoodies, such as, t-shirts, baseball caps, bumper stickers -- if you would like to get any of these, call in and say what level you would like to pledge. if you want to come to new york for dinner and a show, sit on the set, watch the broadcast bring a guest, i will host you for dinner. we will have a wonderful time. we get to toast link to the we get to toast democracy now! on link tv, and i get to hear your life story and go on a journey with you. please call in. ok, folks, we have passed the $2000 mark. can you help us get past 4000 dollars question like maybe you can call in a pledge $120 for "the connection," the film live shannon harvey. jessica, thank you for that ledge, calling from houston, texas. keep the phone calls coming in pyramid and, we need you missouri, montana. if you live in minnesota, we are asking you to call in. if you live in either north carolina or south carolina charlotte, colombia, if you live in washington, d.c., or virginia or maryland, maybe the eastern shore. nice, jason has called in from pacific city, oregon. thank you for that call. we are over $2000, making our way to $3000. maybe bewildered $4000 here that could be something like 15 evil calling in and pledging for "the connection," this -- like 15 people calling in and pledging for "the connection," a fascinating film. you are seeing establishment doctors to get over themselves and realize the limits of their profession and seek other forms of health care. soon it will not be alternative. it will be the mainstream medicine for your the chinese have known this for thousands of years. keep these phone calls coming in. join jason and pacific city, oregon. if there's someone watching in the end or eugene or portland or portland maine or bangor perhaps in camden, we are urging
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you to call inland let us know that democracy now! matters in your life. we got a call from california. keep the phone calls coming in. we cannot do this without you. maybe you want to get 10 of these paired that would be $1200. one would be $120 and you can give them to colleagues at work. what an incredible gift of health. give it to someone you are having dinner with or your mother, father, and, on, friend. keep these phone calls coming in. we are moving in on $2500, but we can only do this with your support to it we only have a few minutes. "the connection" is viewers for $120 to do want to bring you more shannon harvey talking about her journey. one in two americans will get a chronic illness in their lifetimes, maybe you have one now, maybe you know someone who does -- hard to believe you do not. give them the gift of health beard we cannot do this without you. "the connection" -- we have four minutes. we urge you to call the we cannot do this without you, only with you. 866-359-4334. 866-359-4334. in these three minutes, if someone wants to make a reservation for dinner and a show, we're looking for one reservation a day. it does not mean you know the day you can come to an york for dinner and a show, but i cannot wait to host you when you are here. we're not talking about a broadway show be it we are to the set of democracy now! in the
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shadow of the empire state building, in a magnificent old printing press studio. that is the printing press studios that democracy now! transferred into, digital media of the 21st century, as we broadcast on internet, tv, and radio. we urge you to call. come here and watch the broadcast live, drink in democracy now! with homemade granola, muffins, bagels organic coffee and tea. keep the phone calls coming in. that number is 866-359-4334. here is the good news -- we have raised over $2000, but we would like to double that. maybe someone can afford a $5,000 or $10,000 contribution. i can tell you how deeply that is needed for an 80 you can only do $25. it is a contribution. we will send you the democracy now! bumper sticker to put on your car or clipboard, refrigerator, our book. cheryl's for massachusetts thank you so much. -- charles from massachusetts b
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or can we hear from cambridge mount holyoke? we urge you to go anywhere in western mass, syracuse, new york, rochester, albany. we're moving in on that $3000 mark only because few make it possible. "the connection" is astounding. that is yours for $120. call in right now, as so many people are. give the gift of health to someone you care about. hear what andrew weil has to say, dean ornish, esther steinberg, herbert and send. herbert benson is a rockstar. when he comes up with his book of meditation, he sells millions of dollars. carroll, sue ashland, oregon. how about asheville, north carolina? we urge you to call in right now. charlottesville, virginia? washington, d.c., maryland, we need your support. we urge you to call in right now. 866-359-4334. whether you pledge $120 for this
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remarkable film, "the connection: mind your body," or $2000 or dinner and a show to watch the broadcast live on the set, just make the reservation. we will get in touch with you.
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